Wards Landscape Service Inc. | Erie, PA

Budget calculator

Budget Calculator

As you start gathering information regarding your landscape costs, it is important to understand that this research is quite similar to the many decisions you make while building or renovating a home or office.

In the building or remodeling process, your base costs are determined by the square footage of the structure and your finishes are what drive the costs from here. Do you prefer a brick exterior over vinyl siding? Do you prefer hardwood floors over carpet?

While planning your landscaping budget your base costs are driven by the square footage of the lot. The enhancements that you add from here will dictate the cost.

Your base costs are: topsoil, hydro-seeded lawn, plantings in the public view and a few trees. Do you want your turf irrigated? Do your discriminating tastes prefer a stone patio over a concrete pad? These finishes will increase your overall costs but in turn will increase the value of your property.

As you plan you landscaping budget the industry standard is 5-10% of your building costs. Five percent will give you your base landscaping. Additional enhancements will increase your overall costs. A recent article in Smart Money Magazine discusses the costs of landscaping and how a well landscaped property typically sells for asking price and frequently more.

Use this calculator as a guide for planning your landscape expenditures and please contact us to arrange for an on site consultation.


5% - Base landscaping
10% - Premium